Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

51-8099 Plant and System Operators, All Other

All plant and system operators not listed separately.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,740 3.2 % $25.46 $52,960 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.53 $19.52 $25.58 $31.16 $35.54
Annual Wage (2) $30,220 $40,610 $53,200 $64,820 $73,930


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,210 0.11 $28.93 $60,180
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,240 0.02 $23.10 $48,050
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 920 0.83 $24.40 $50,740
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 840 0.21 $29.66 $61,690
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 760 0.45 $21.68 $45,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing 920 0.83 $24.40 $50,740
Waste Treatment and Disposal 740 0.77 $23.52 $48,920
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing 760 0.45 $21.68 $45,090
Natural Gas Distribution 450 0.41 $34.88 $72,560
Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying 320 0.36 $21.00 $43,690

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Natural Gas Distribution 450 0.41 $34.88 $72,560
Oil and Gas Extraction 120 0.07 $34.19 $71,110
Scientific Research and Development Services (8) (8) $32.31 $67,200
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution 840 0.21 $29.66 $61,690
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,210 0.11 $28.93 $60,180


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,620 0.12 1.26 $29.85 $62,090
Texas 830 0.08 0.88 $22.14 $46,040
Michigan 630 0.16 1.79 $25.65 $53,360
Washington 530 0.20 2.15 $23.72 $49,330
Indiana 450 0.16 1.79 $20.32 $42,260




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 130 0.47 5.11 $26.79 $55,730
Alaska 130 0.42 4.63 $34.20 $71,140
West Virginia 200 0.29 3.18 $21.60 $44,940
Montana 110 0.26 2.87 $25.41 $52,850
New Mexico 200 0.25 2.78 $27.96 $58,160




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 130 0.42 4.63 $34.20 $71,140
New Jersey 360 0.10 1.04 $31.50 $65,530
California 1,620 0.12 1.26 $29.85 $62,090
Georgia 220 0.06 0.64 $29.64 $61,650
New Mexico 200 0.25 2.78 $27.96 $58,160





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 0.97 $29.13 $60,590
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.43 4.72 $23.09 $48,030
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.12 1.33 $29.65 $61,670
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 270 0.11 1.18 $18.62 $38,720
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 210 0.18 1.98 $23.81 $49,520
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 190 0.11 1.24 $26.59 $55,310
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 160 0.19 2.02 $20.62 $42,890
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 140 0.15 1.61 $25.20 $52,410
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 140 0.28 3.07 $32.90 $68,430
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 140 0.04 0.42 $26.06 $54,210




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.45 15.88 $30.35 $63,120
Clarksville, TN-KY 70 0.87 9.53 $32.49 $67,580
Merced, CA 30 0.52 5.71 $30.03 $62,460
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 120 0.47 5.13 $21.80 $45,350
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 290 0.43 4.72 $23.09 $48,030
Reno-Sparks, NV 60 0.34 3.74 $26.73 $55,590
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 90 0.33 3.65 $30.27 $62,970
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 140 0.28 3.07 $32.90 $68,430
Anchorage, AK 50 0.28 3.02 $28.16 $58,570
Honolulu, HI 110 0.25 2.76 $23.79 $49,490




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 100 0.10 1.14 $36.59 $76,110
Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (8) (8) (8) $32.99 $68,630
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 140 0.28 3.07 $32.90 $68,430
Clarksville, TN-KY 70 0.87 9.53 $32.49 $67,580
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 110 0.12 1.35 $32.34 $67,270
Sacramento--Arden-Arcade--Roseville, CA 130 0.16 1.77 $31.72 $65,980
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 100 0.02 0.22 $30.52 $63,470
Fairbanks, AK 50 1.45 15.88 $30.35 $63,120
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN (8) (8) (8) $30.33 $63,080
Bakersfield-Delano, CA 90 0.33 3.65 $30.27 $62,970

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.89 9.71 $31.58 $65,680
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.67 7.33 $18.58 $38,650
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 4.14 $17.39 $36,180
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.81 $19.73 $41,040
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 3.22 $18.91 $39,340

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.89 9.71 $31.58 $65,680
Southern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 110 0.67 7.33 $18.58 $38,650
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area 50 0.38 4.14 $17.39 $36,180
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.81 $19.73 $41,040
North Central West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 40 0.29 3.22 $18.91 $39,340

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $32.51 $67,620
West Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 130 0.89 9.71 $31.58 $65,680
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.03 $58,290
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.83 $49,560
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 50 0.35 3.81 $19.73 $41,040


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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